Reaching Out To More Unfortunate Children in Malaysia

20 Apr 2017

Reaching Out To More Unfortunate Children in Malaysia 
Malaysia’s Largest Non-Profit Organisation for Children, The Budimas Charitable Foundation Raised over RM 500,000 for Underprivileged Children in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Friday 20th April 2017- The Budimas Charitable Foundation hosted its second “Night of a Thousand Blessings”, a fundraiser dinner in aid of the underprivileged and orphaned children of Malaysia last Thursday, 20th April 2017. The fundraiser took place at the Mayang Sari Ballroom of the JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur which saw over 400 guests from different backgrounds that purchased tables for the night priced from RM 8,000 to RM 15,000. The royal family members of the state of Negeri Sembilan were also present for the night. Y.M. Tunku Dato’ Yaacob Khyra, Chairman of The Budimas Charitable Foundation officiated the night with a powerful and persuasive speech on the importance of children’s welfare in our country.

The Foundation underwrote costs of the exclusive event and generous private donors as well as sponsors contributed significant funds to support the on-going efforts via the three-pronged programme of the foundation which are the Budimas Home Charity Fund (BHCF), Budimas Food Charity Fund (BFCF) and the Budimas Education Charity Fund (BECF). 

Since the inception of The Budimas Charitable Foundation in 1998 where the foundation was only financially aiding charitable homes in the country, today the foundation has reached out to over tenth of thousands of underprivileged children through these 3 programmes and has shown significant results and change in their lives. BHCF financially supports over 31 homes and also operates The Budimas Orion Home that currently houses over 90 underprivileged children whereas BFCF serves over 6,200 less fortunate children breakfasts in schools. The foundation also built full functional libraries in rural villages and has built 5 libraries in 5 different Orang Asli settlements over the span of two years via BECF.

“We’ve realised that in order to reach out to the underprivileged children and to make a change in their lives, we need to know precisely what each child is lacking in their basic needs. Not every child that has a roof over their head will have a proper plate of food to eat. Not every child that has both food and a shelter will have the means for education. So with the formation of the three funds, we are able to allocate the raised monies and target the right group of children by directly ministering their issue,” said Y.M. Tunku Dato’ Yaacob Khyra, Chairman of The Budimas Charitable Foundation.

One of the highlights of the night was the performance by Samantha Tan from the St. Nicholas Home, Penang which is one of the homes that is financially supported by The Budimas Charitable Foundation. Samantha is a handicapped child as she is blind since birth.  The guests were serenaded all night long by a Jazz performer, Vanessa and got their funny bones tickled with a stand-up comedy act by Kavin Jayram. 

The night also saw 8 items being auctioned ranging from hotel stays sponsored by the JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur and The Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, handbags as well as an exclusive 18k rose and white gold, and set with diamonds and colour gemstones ring.

“We are very thankful and grateful to everyone that is present here tonight, to our sponsors and donors, corporate organisations that we have collaborated with and to the members of the media who have shown their support towards the foundation’s efforts in many different ways. I strongly believe that together we can make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children in our very own country and give them a hope for a bright future,” said Anne Rajasaikaran, Principal Officer of The Budimas Charitable Foundation.

The Night of a Thousand Blessing successfully raised RM 501,587 and the proceeds from the night will go to the expansion of the three major programmes of the foundation where under BFCF, Budimas hopes to provide an added 25% of children breakfast every school morning, build 9 new libraries in Orang Asli settlements of Kelantan Pahang and Selangor by 2017 under BECF and increase the amount of homes that it financially supports by 50% under BHCF.

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